Since 2008

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Festival Notes

Savoir Faire

One of the new groups appearing this year is Savoir Faire, a dynamic world music quintet from Vancouver. The group performs traditional folk tunes and songs from Europe and Canada. Led by an old-fashioned button accordion, other instruments include fiddle, flute, tambura, guitar and percussion. And, of course, vocal cords.

Aside from their stage performance, Savoir Faire will also be participating in the "Songs in Other Languages" workshop. A workshop consists of a panel of performers onstage together sharing music focused on the theme of the workshop. The festival is blessed this year to have singers from many varied traditions. In the “Songs in Other Languages” session you will hear songs in French from both sides of the Atlantic as well as other European songs in languages you may never have heard before. The multi-lingual crew in this session includes Alex Atamanenko who will be singing songs in Russian, his language of childhood. Lynn McGown from Vancouver will be singing songs in French from eastern Canada and Rika Ruebsaat from Princeton will be singing French songs from France. Tania Opland and Mike Freeman from Suquamish, Washington State are a multi-lingual duo who will erupt into song in any number of languages accompanied by a host of familiar and unfamiliar instruments.

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The Festival

Admission is FREE.  Events are held on several stages in the centre of Princeton and begin on Friday evening with a public street dance and an Irish ceili band. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday there's a potpourri of concerts, workshops, and jams.

The Scene

This event is primarily for and about the performers. Traditional Music lacks venue in the west, so players, singers, dancers, and fans are willing to travel in order to meet up. Professional performers are making personal sacrifices in order to be here, but the many people who come just to listen attests to the unique value of this event. For those new to the Festival please have a look at the Our Story page to learn about how it started and what Traditional Music means to us.

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The Place

Nestled among rolling hills of ranchland, the little town of Princeton is the gateway to the Okanagan. About 300 km from Vancouver, it is the first town after Hope along the Crowsnest Highway. Summers are hot and dry - just what we like for our festival which takes place mostly in the streets.


In addition to the sponsors, this festival is primarily supported by hard work and artists who perform for free. However, we aim to pay for artist's meals and at least part of their transportation costs. Please consider contributing in order to help maintain this important cultural event.

Become a Member

You can support the continuing operation of the festival by buying a $10 membership.


Every year we need a stage crew, MCs, office staff, and many other important helpers. If you want to be part of this exciting event in this way, please let us know.


We encourage the sale of food, crafts, art, and more at the Festival. Please contact the Vendor Coordinator.


Funding for the Festival comes from donations, as well as grants from the Town of Princeton, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, the Province of British Columbia, and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program of Canadian Heritage.

We thank you all!